Featured Alumna: Debbie Jo Severin

 
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MS Date: 1983
Advisor: Arthur Segal
Career: Marketing Analyst, BellSouth Communications
  Director Marketing, Pacific Bell Video Services
  Vice-President Marketing, Covad Communications, Inc.
  Chief Marketing Officer, 8x8, Inc.

Debbie Jo Severin: It’s been a long time since I attended UAB, but I never forget my mathematics background and how it has helped me throughout my career. I believe those that I have worked with would agree. The jump from Mathematics to Marketing isn’t as far as you would imagine. I first entered the Marketing discipline as an analyst, working to help BellSouth predict new technology adoption in the broadband/internet arena. Today, I run Marketing for 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT) which provides voice-over-IP (VoIP) services to small businesses. Because Marketing has become much more scientific, being a mathematician gives me a lot of advantages. It also gives me credibility working with talented engineers and scientists. I can’t imagine doing what I’m doing today without my degrees in Mathematics from UAB.

Recently Debbie Jo established the James C. and Carol Warner Endowed Scholarship in memory of her parents.